Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington admits if he has to miss the regular-season opener against his old team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Sept. 10, it would be a disappointment.
Washington, who came over from Pittsburgh as a free agent, suffered a right hamstring injury in one-on-one drills in Monday’s practice and his availability for that game in two-and-a-half weeks is now in question.
“I would be very disappointed. It’s something I’ve worked hard for,” Washington said. “To miss that game would be big, but if I do, I’m definitely going to be there to help these guys in this locker room win that game, no matter what I have to do.”
Washington underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, which is not as serious as the team first might have fared.
“We’ve done all of the exams and he’s going to miss some time. It’s not a serious hamstring, but he does have an injury to the hamstring muscle,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “We’ll be day-to-day, week-to-week here. He’s a quick healer and we’ll get aggressive with his treatment.”
Washington said when he suffered the injury while running that he had never experienced such a pain in his leg.
“I was running and unfortunately it happened when I started to shut it down,” Washington said. “I’ve never felt anything like that before. It was all new to me, and I just immediately dropped, and I knew it didn’t feel right and I didn’t want to put any extra pressure on it.”
The receiver said he hopes to accelerate his rehab process anyway possible in order to get back on the field.
“I can be a pretty quick healer. I’m going to do whatever I have to. This is not going to be a normal rehab,” Washington said. “I’m not going to be getting normal training treatments. I’m not going to be complacent with the injury and rehabbing it back. I’m going to go above and beyond to get back quicker probably than what they expect me to.”